David C. Wilson, Ph.D.

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Visiting Scholar, Annenberg School for Communication

David C. Wilson is currently the senior associate dean for the social sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware (UD) and a full professor in the department of Political Science and Internal Relations with a joint appointment in the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Wilson’s academic specializations include survey research methods and experiments (psychology of survey response), political psychology, and American politics, with an emphasis on the measurement and analysis of intergroup attitudes and political behavior.

He holds life memberships in several organizations including the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP), Midwest Political Science Association, Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. He most recently served on the executive council for the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers, and on the Advisory Committee and Editorial Board of Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ).

Prior to his joining UD, Wilson held senior positions with the Gallup Polling Organization, leading national and international survey projects examining topics ranging from workplace creativity to prejudice in politics. He also served as a product application consultant for the SPSS statistical software corporation, assisting public and private sector clients in data analysis and market research.

He earned a B.A. (government) from Western Kentucky University, and an M.P.A. (public policy and administration), M.A. (political science), and Ph.D. (political science), all from Michigan State University.

He is also a military veteran with 19 years of service to the U.S. Army Reserves, including combat tours for Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He is an avid cyclist, and enjoys playing racquetball, hiking, and traveling the world as a global citizen.

David C. Wilson is a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication for the 2019-2020 school year.

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